CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Restaurant owners who are holding on during the pandemic are coming up with novel ways to keep their businesses afloat.
Chef Ana Sortune owns several restaurants, including Oleana in Cambridge. She got inspiration from CSA farm shares, and started selling subscriptions.
"It's been a tough year for the restaurant industry," she said. "Definitely."
Chef Sortune said she realized to prevent having to lay off staff again, she had to think outside the box. Which led her to think about going inside the box.
"Basically, people subscribe, and for three months they pick up a box once a week," Sortune said. "Or they get it delivered."
Boxes include vegetarian dishes and desserts, and they have nearly 200 subscribers. Chef Sortune said they’d have more if they had the space.
In the meantime, there are 300 people on the waiting list.
WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville reports:
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